Four organizations representing the anesthesia community have jointly sent a letter to the Joint Commission voicing concerns about persisting medication management problems.

The organizations believe several Joint Commission medication management requirements are unnecessary in the anesthesia field and do not contribute to greater safety. For instance, the commission requires two-person verification of medication labels if one person prepares anesthesia and the other person administers, which is a common practice. "Because the contents of the syringe cannot be verified except by reading its label, this requirement, as written, has no added value for patient safety," according to the letter.

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